Thursday, July 26, 2007


I have a whole bunch of things to get to today, let’s see how many actually make it into this post.

First off, Happy 4th Birthday to my daughter Katie. She’s so funny. You know how kids like to say they're either, for example, 3 or 3 ½? Well I’m pretty sure that even yesterday Katie thought she was 3 ½. She’s a day away from turning 4 and still claiming to be 3 ½. I thought that was cute, but I’m biased.

During my last training cycle, I think it started to sink in that I respond pretty well to long tempo and marathon-paced workouts. That got me wondering if more is better – can I add another such workout into my weekly mix and make better gains? How many similar workouts can I mix in? Would I be better off with a longer MP workout and a shorter, harder tempo effort? Of course, given TCM’s hills during the last 10K, I need to start working those back into the mix. If I do all those things, I’d be basically following a hard/easy routine with less emphasis on speedwork this time around.

Anyway, with all this in mind, I decided to run another long tempo run on the treadmill last night. I managed 12 miles with 8 of them at 6:50 pace. I think I should probably call these "progression" runs, instead of "tempo" runs. After a 2 mile warmup, I started out at 7:00 pace and gradually dropped down to 6:35 pace, by the end of the run.

While I was on the treadmill I was watching le tour. There’s nothing like watching the top-4 riders in the race, including the yellow jersey, duke it out on the final hill of the race – only to see a “Breaking News” scroll across the bottom of the screen saying that the guy wearing the yellow jersey has been kicked off his team. But what I find most annoying is listening to the announcers talk about the shame Vinokourov brought to himself and his team in one sentence and then in the very next sentence they say something like, “It's too bad because he's one of the all-time greats.” It's like they think this is an isolated incident when in reality, I highly doubt it was his first time trying something like that. These guys don’t just wake up one day when there 28-years-old and say, “Boy, this tour is making me tired. I think I’ll blood-dope today.”

Yesterday I ripped on the Twins. The responded by giving up 11 runs – IN THE 6TH INNING!!! As someone on the radio said, if you take away the 6th inning they would’ve only lost 2-1. Talk about a silver lining. In their 101 games, they’ve scored 2 or less runs 28 times. I mean, 28 times!!!

Bart asked if I’d heard anything about the Pan Am Games being televised. No, I haven’t. And this morning I realized that the 16-day Games have been going on for 13 days already. Nearly 2 weeks in and the only thing I know about the Games is that a bunch of Minnesotans did very well in the junior competition.

Alright, enough negativity. I’ll end with a link to my latest interview. If you’ve ever wondered what happens to young stud runners as they age, check it out. Hint: they become old stud runners.

Quote of the day;

“I get amused when young runners talk about “burnout” because I can say that I don't feel I have ever really had burnout in all my years of running – maybe just some injury ‘delays’”Bruce Mortenson.


Gregg said...

Hey chad-
Nice pictures...sure looks like daddy's girl.
I was thinking of your post. What you mentioned is actually a good idea provided you really take the next day as a true recovery. Nice and slow. If I were you, with the time left to TCM, the most "bang for your buck" workouts will be the Longer MP workouts, and Shorter TRUE LT workouts. I tend to really feel strong after doing several weeks of 15-18 miles the "Pfitzinger" way. Do the last 35-30 minutes 15 seconds slower than MP. Once or twice pick a weekend and do those Pfitz MP runs.
If you do True LT workouts it will be tough to go longer than 35-40 minutes. Anything after your looking for burnout.
Tell me your thoughts...

Arcane said...

Yeah she sure looks like you! Sorry about the Jays scoring those 11 runs against the twins, but we can use every road win we can.

Tom@RunnersLounge said...

Just found your blog site and enjoy reading it. Am a neighbor to the south in Iowa. Seems like you put a lot into your training and get a lot from it. Impressive training. Good luck getting ready for your next race. I post with another running friend, Amy. We’re just ordinary runners discuss everything about running, just fun stuff. We’ll look forward to reading more of your site and following your progress. Keep up the good running and posting! Tom

jpete said...

Man it sure is nice to read all your other blogs and I just found this one today. Pretty neat! Good luck with you.

Love2Run said...

Great pictures of your big girl. I love the glasses on her doll. Sorry 'bout those Jays (again). Re: MP vs tempo runs one theory says to go with your weaknesses not your strengths. If you have trouble with the MP runs, well that's where you should work at improving things. Good luck!